WOD for a Cause 2019!

November 16th, 2019! 


Dear Friends and Merchants, 

On November 16, 2019, CrossFit Murrieta will be hosting the 6th Annual Wod For A Cause Event! Co-ed teams of two will be competing in a series of CrossFit workouts to find the fittest athletes in our Advanced, Intermediate, and Fun divisions! All levels of athletes are encouraged to participate, volunteer, and support each other, while raising funds for a community family, charity, or institution. In past years, we have had more than 80 participants, 20 volunteers, and more supporters than we can count. This year, we look forward to increasing participation to more than 100 athletes! 

This year our cause hits close to home. We will be raising money to support one of our very own, Aliya Malabanan. Since March 2019, Aliya has been receiving chemotherapy for what doctors believe is either stage IV bowel/colon cancer or appendiceal cancer. Her doctors are hypothesizing that the cancer has metastasized to both of her ovaries. The tumor that has been found in her ovaries is called a Krukenberg tumor. Aliya does not currently have a prognosis, but she is staying positive. At this point, her doctor has said that she will need to receive chemotherapy “forever.” Currently, she is specifically being treated for colon cancer. They will be switching to another “chemo cocktail” once the current one stops working. Luckily, the tumor on Aliya’s right abdomen has decreased by 50 percent after 5 months of treatment! She has a second, questionable, tumor on her right side, but her doctors are not sure what it is yet. Right now, the goal is to reduce the size of the tumor(s) and to surgically remove them sometime this Fall. 

CrossFit Murrieta’s Wod For A Cause event will be bringing the entire community together to show their support. All funds raised will be donated to the Malabanan family. 

Your support will provide much needed relief to the Malabanan family to assist them financially while they go through continued treatment for Aliya. Enclosed is a sponsorship packet of various opportunities. For your generosity, your business will receive exposure not only at the event, but on the CrossFit Murrieta website and social media. To learn more about the event, please visit www.crossfitmurrieta.com/Wod-for-a-Cause. Thank you for considering your sponsorship. 


Ken McWilliams & Damon Bruce 

Owners of CrossFit Murrieta 

Thank you to all the athletes, volunteers, and supporters of CrossFit Murrieta’s Wod For A Cause. Without your ongoing support, we could not make this event successful year after year. 

About Aliya and the Malabanan Family 

Aliya and her family joined CrossFit Murrieta in August 2017. The entire Malabanan family can usually be found working out at CrossFit Murrieta almost every weekday in the afternoon/evenings. Aliya is 24 years old, has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and has always been interested in research. Aliya was initially studying to become an optometrist and intends to go back to school to get her PhD. Since getting sick, she is now considering going into cancer research once she gets better. 

Aliya’s mother, Lizza, is a nurse and her father, Alvin, is a mail carrier. Aliya’s brother Paolo is 22 years old and graduated college last May with a Bachelor of the Arts in Media Communications. He is planning on joining the Air Force by early 2020. Everyone in Aliya’s family is a member of CrossFit Murrieta. 

“I just wanted to say that CrossFit Murrieta is such an amazing community and I am so, so grateful for all of the support everyone has given. I love CrossFit Murrieta and if it wasn't for you guys I would not have been in such a positive mood throughout my treatment. Everyone there is so amazing and I really do enjoy coming here as often as I can. 

I cannot thank CrossFit Murrieta enough for this. This community has made so much light in my life. Thank you all so much.” 

-Aliya Malabanan  

The 6th annual Wod for a Cause will be help Saturday, November 16, 2019 at CrossFit Murrieta located at 3844 Sky Canyon Drive in Murrieta, CA. With your support, we can continue to make this event a success! Please consider the following sponsorship opportunities. 

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